BAFTA, What next for the UK Film Industry?

BAFTA - What Next For The UK Film Industry Tomorrow night I will be joining the question time at the Princess Anne Theatre - BAFTA, as part of the conversation to quiz some of the industry's brightest thinkers about the ups and downs and highs and lows for UK films in 2012, and to see where we're heading this year and beyond.

On the panel along with Kate O'Connor - Executive Director and Deputy CEO of Creative Skillset and Wendy Mitchell - Editor of Screen International and, will be Iain Smith - Chair of the British Film Commission and Producer of such films as 'Wanted' and 'Children of Men'.

I first met Iain back in 1984 on 'The Killing Fieldsworking with Roland Joffé who directed the film, and then a couple of years later in 1986 on Roland's next film 'The Mission' starring Robert De Niro. The following year I had the great pleasure again as we teamed-up for 'Seven Years in Tibet', which was the first film I did for Jean-Jacques Annaud, who later I went on and created the titles for 'Enemy at the Gates' and 'Two Brothers'.

Titles sequences done for Producer Iain Smith

Joining Iain will also be James Watkins - Director and Screenwriter, with credits including 'Woman in Black' and 'Eden Lake'. Plus Xavier Marchand - Managing Director of Momentum Pictures and President of International Distribution of Alliance Films. Xavier's recent films include 'Welcome to the Punch' - which we also created the title sequences for.

It will be good to catch-up with Iain and to see what insights the panel can share on key issues affecting UK film.

Odd Man Out - Out Now!

What a title Odd Man Out. That’s not me by the way, but it is Carl Reed’s 1947 classic movie which has been beautifully restored. I judge old movies like fine wine, some turn to vinegar when they reappear from the dark - but the best ones improve with age and are pure poetry in motion. This is such a movie... Odd Man Out, Directed by Carl Reed

Blending film noir with poetic realism, while trying to remain apolitical. The film is based on the original novel by F.L. Green, 'Odd Man Out'. It tells the story of Johnny McQueen, played by James Mason, who is the local head of a rebel organisation.

The insert at the beginning of the film continues... "This story is told against a background of political unrest in a city of Northern Ireland. It is not concerned with the struggle between the law and an illegal organisation, but only with the conflict in the hearts of the people when they become unexpectedly involved."

Having won 'Best British Motion Picture' at the 1947 BAFTAs, the film went on to get nominated for 'Best Film Editing' (by Fergus McDonell) at the Oscars the following year.

Also starring Robert Newton, Cyril Cusack and F.J. McCormick. It has been considered that 'Odd Man Out' would have probably been Reed's greatest work, had it not been overshadowed by 'The Third Man'.

For those who have not seen the film, or those that remember seeing the original. I highly recommend you go and get yourself this new remastered DVD release, it is well worth the watch.

Here's a little taster of the original release. Cheers...

John Hurt honoured by BAFTA

Following on from receiving the Alexander Walker Special Award at the 39th London Evening Standard British Film Awards. John Hurt has been presented with the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at last nights BAFTA ceremony.

John Hurt Wins BAFTA
John Hurt Wins BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema
John also won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Actor in 1976 for The Naked Civil Servant (pictured below), which was followed by a British Academy Film Award in 1981 for Best Actor for his outstanding performance in The Elephant Man, directed by David Lynch.

Throughout his career, John has received four more BAFTA nominations - one for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi film Alien and two Academy Award nominations. His most recent film roles have seen him starring as Ollivander in the Harry Potter series and Control in the latest spy thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, winner of this years BAFTA for Outstanding British Film.

"I know that film means a great deal to me but I had no idea that I meant so much to film. I feel very honoured." John Hurt, 2012.

We would like to add our congratulations from all at Richard Morrison.

John Hurt wins BAFTA